Are You Wearing the Wrong Shoe?
By Sara Butler
Wearing the wrong shoes can do more than make you look unfashionable, they can be a detriment to your overall health and wellness. Shoes are valuable tools that are used every day, and if you’re wearing the wrong shoe, then you can be doing some serious damage to your body. Here are some signs that the shoes you may step into every day are actually leading you astray.
You’re Still Wearing the Same Size Shoe You Wore in High School
As you age, the natural arch in your foot will gradually fall. This means your foot will spread out, and that often translates to larger shoes as you get older. You should get your feet measured every year at the shoe store to make sure the shoe size you’re wearing is actually the one you need.
Your Toes Graze the Tips of the Shoes
Your toes should never be scrunched up right against the tip of the shoe. There should always be a little wiggle room for your little piggies to be free. Your feet tend to swell throughout the day, and if you’re wearing shoes that don’t give you any wiggle room, then by the end of the day you may be experiencing some major discomfort.
You have Bruised Nails, Calluses, or Blisters
If you’re being literally rubbed the wrong way by your shoes, then you will notice one or more of these problems. It usually means the fit of your shoe just isn’t right, and that can have an impact on joints beyond your feet. Make sure your shoes aren’t too narrow or too tight to help you avoid these problems.
You Have Achy Arches
If you have arches that ache by the end of the day, then your shoes aren’t offering enough support. The muscles in your foot will try to support the arch where your shoes are failing to do it, which puts a lot of stress and strain on your foot by the end of the day. This can lead to an overuse injury like plantar fasciitis if you’re not careful. Make sure that your shoes are supporting your arch the right way, and if you need extra support, you may want to consider shoe inserts to help.
Your feet are really important, so take care of them by choosing the right shoes!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.